summer like

We've  learned that if you leave your skateboard outside your house overnight in the city, it will get taken. But you can also enjoy a neighbouring Victoria Day fireworks display from your own backyard.  If you are so inclined you can also walk to get some strawberry rhubarb pie, a la mode.

The last couple of weeks have been a blur of summer loveliness and yet it is not yet summer. I finally boxed up the winter woolens and filled the drawers with bathing suits. Everything feels lighter.

Last week Kevin called me at work to ask where he could get some popsicle sticks. Court was asking for some.  When I got home I asked Court if he was a maker. He told me no. He was a creator.

Yesterday while I made dinner we scrounged for the oil pastels and he did some more creating.


me time

Earlier this week I took an afternoon off of work.  I needed to be available to do the school run but more than anything I just needed some time.  Time to actually put the laundry away instead of letting it sit in the baskets, time to clean out the fridge, time for me.  Me time involved a bit of Anthology reading and a bit of sewing.  I had picked up some screen printed fabric at a pop up shop this past summer (yes, that was almost a year ago) and was determined to finally make something.

It didn't take me long to sew two sides of a Bespoke Uprising tea towel into a pillow cover.  And then I used  Jenna Rose fabric swatches to make a couple of little buckets. I'm not sure what I'll use them for hold pencils, maybe some herbs. I just keep moving them around the kitchen admiring the natural colours I find myself so drawn to.

I've been participating this week in Fern and Feather's discussion about the book Simplicity Parenting. It's been an inspiring read. It's encouraging to know that the changes we've made have not hurt and in fact may be benefiting our kids.  So this weekend we are going to keep it simple.  I imagine there will be at least one hike in the forest and some digging in a dirt pile and of course some mom time too.  Happy weekend.

hats and cats

This early morning I am listening to CBC 2 on the new radio that Kevin gifted me for my birthday earlier this month. I had hinted that I wanted it but surely didn't think he was really listening. He was paying attention apparently and I hope he knows just how much I love it. He must, because it is on all of the time.

Last week I took some leftover birthday money and visited a new Anthropologie on opening day with one of my loveliest of friends. It was an exciting day when I found out that store was coming to a town near me. A town where I used to live and where my kids were born and where we still have many friends. Due to my very limited budget I decided to get something that I just couldn't get anywhere else. A hat.

The rest of this past week has been busy. Court started soccer on a cold and rainy Monday.  He loved it.

He really did.

He's pretty excited about tonight because he is going to a sleepover. Here he is embellishing that fact on our blackboard in the kitchen. Please ignore the mess of shoes, books and bags behind him as apparently I do.

Not only is my boy gone tonight but Daddy will be too and that means a girls night! Charlotte and I are so excited. I think we'll see a movie and read our books in my bed until I will presumably fall asleep first.

There is another girl who will be hanging out with us tonight. Tess. Our newish cat who has finally decided to come out from under Charlotte's bed. Isn't she lovely? I can't believe I have a cat. And live in the city.

And am so happy about both.